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England fail to win on World Cup warm-up trip to Spain

England's Alistair Wilson in action against Spain
Alastair Wilson in action against Spain in December's Champions Trophy

England's men recorded a draw and defeat in two matches against world number three side Spain as their build-up to the World Cup continued in Cadiz.

Barry Middleton and Ashley Jackson were on target in an opening 2-2 draw, while Alistair Wilson and Jonty Clarke scored in a 4-2 defeat.

Following the trip to Spain, head coach Jason Lee now takes his squad to a pre-World Cup camp in Qatar on 18 February.

The 12-team World Cup takes place in India from 28 February-13 March.

England are in the same group as Australia, who were runners-up at the last World Cup in 2006, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Spain.

606: DEBATE

Speaking after the second match against Spain, Lee said the trip had been a worthwhile exercise.

"This has been a physically hard training camp for the group and I'm pleased with what we've achieved here," he said.

"Overall, I'm happy with the first steps we've taken towards the World Cup at the end of February."



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